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A Fresh Guide to Summer Cocktails

By Elizabeth Beal, July 5, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Beal

The heat is on. The days are long. The drinks are calling!

Summer cocktails benefit from the season’s abundance of fruit and herbs – not to mention later sunsets and endless occasions to gather with friends.

With the help of Gaspar Whitefeather, my favorite bartender in Raleigh, NC, I’ve compiled some fresh tips for summertime tippling.

Seize the Seasonal

Berries, cherries, melons and herbs are all going bloomin’ crazy during the summer. Incorporate them into your cocktails with wild abandon. (Tomatoes, too!)

“Fresh strawberries, mint and cucumber are all terrific with gin,” says Gaspar.

Bing bing bing! Try these cocktail cherries in your next Old Fashioned. Bonus round: the leftover syrup can be used in sangria. You can also make simple cherry syrup for all-purpose mixing.

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Harvesting, Drying and Using Garden Herbs

By Cecilia Nasti, July 5, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Cecilia Nasti

Cecilia Nasti is an organic food gardener and enthusiastic home cook. She produces and hosts the weekly radio feature Field & Feast broadcast on public radio in Austin, Texas. A nature lover, she also produces and hosts Passport to Texas, a daily statewide radio series about the outdoors for Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Basil; Photo by Cecilia Nasti...

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Chilled Whites, Spicy Reds: Summer Wines and Their Perfect Food Pairings

By John Stewart, July 4, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by John Stewart

From cool salads to hot grills, the warmest months provide ample opportunity for great meals — and great wines to go with them! Below we focus on some of our Top 10 Wines of Summer and their perfect food pairings.

The White Wines

Floral, fruity and very food-friendly, Chenin-Chardonnay from Innovación is a natural for al fresco foods like burgers, fish tacos or shrimp kabobs. Apple in the wine’s clean, balanced finish goes perfectly with our Grilled Turkey Burgers with Gouda recipe. Try a glass with creamy, tangy Cellars at Jasper Hill Harbison cheese — you’ll get lovely notes of lemon curd in the pairing.

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Sensational Swordfish

By Megan Myers, July 2, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Meaty and rich, swordfish is like no other fish you’ve had before. Swordfish is in its peak in summer, which means it’s a wonderful option for putting on the grill for a quick weeknight dinner or for entertaining. It only needs minimal preparation to make the flavors shine — salt, olive oil, and lemon are a great combo — but it also pairs well with summer produce like squash and tomatoes. Leave it as a whole steak for those perfect grill marks, or add to kabobs for meaty morsels.

Plus, during the summer season you’ll be getting the best hand-selected, harpoon-caught swordfish from an MSC-certified sustainable fishery in Nova Scotia. Catching the fish slowly one-by-one this way is an age-old fishing technique with very low impact on ocean habitat that helps eliminate bycatch.

Ready to expand your fish repertoire? Here are a few simple, yet...

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Affordable Fruit Desserts

By Value Guru, July 1, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru

Tart cherries. Juicy peaches. Sweet strawberries. Pick peak-season fruit for that sweet spot where flavor and affordability live. 

Here are a few of our favorite fruit-based desserts that you can’t afford to miss, like that Gluten-Free Grilled Stone Fruit Trifle below that’s only $1.65 per serving! How sweet is that?

No-Cook Cherry Vanilla Pudding with Lemon Wafers
No-Cook Cherry Vanilla Pudding with Lemon Wafers

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